I've always thought that 18th and 19th C. wrought iron belonged, with early lighting, in a separate category. Crafted largely of wrought and tinned iron and brass, the products of
early metalsmiths were designed for use but infused with personal style. They furnished
the kitchen, equipped the hearth, provided the light and made life in the colonies possible. Today these same pieces make life enjoyable as well. We'll bring you the best we can
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Ca. 1790-1810 Brass Lighting Crane

This falls into the “find another one” department. Wrought iron cranes that suspended cooking pots over fireplace fires were almost universal; wall-mounted lighting cranes were not. This crane is especially unusual in that it’s brass. The combination of cut corners on the back plate and the Q.A. serpentine contour on the underside of the swinging  arm strongly suggest early Federal origins. Probably English. This would likely have been used alongside an armchair or next to a desk suspending an oil  lamp or candle lantern to provide additional light to work by. Interesting is the replacement of one brass pintle mount with another of forged iron. Someone valued this crane highly.   $275

Rare American Lantern in Original Blue

Though typically sold as American, the vast majority of wooden barn lanterns of this general form are English or European. Very nice pieces, just not American. This one is. 11½” tall and 6” on a side. Access to the interior is via a sliding glass pane. The candle is secured by the threads of a screw driven up from beneath. There is significant charring in the top board and shrinkage cracks from heat which have been reinforced from within. The heavy wrought iron handle is almost certainly original. There are many barn lanterns. This one is for the collector who knows the difference.


Early Brass Miniature Chamberstick

Rare and wonderful true miniature brass go-to-bed chamber stick. Sheet brass pan with flaring sides and rolled edges. Seamed brass candle tube braised to the pan with a bulbous brass collar. Probably a child’s chamber stick, because the candle tube and bobeche show signs of repeated use. Likely English, possibly Birmingham, ca. 1800-1820.


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American Painted Tinware Chamberstick

Exceedingly rare early 19th C. American painted tinware chamberstick in absolutely original condition. No breaks or inpainting. Berlin, CT. Ca. 1800-1853. In the entire four volumes of Martin and Tucker’s detailed study of American Painted Tinware, only one chamberstick is illustrated. This one is Ex-Austin and Jill Fine and their collection sticker is on the underside.

Signed and Dated Traveling Lantern

Signed and dated mid-19th C. traveling candle lantern in original asphaltum surface. Open, 3” square and 5” high. Folded, 3” x 2” x ¾”. Mica windows, swiveling candle socket, even a rack for extra candles and matches. An identical lantern now in the Ford Museum is shown on p. 193 of Antiques Treasury.


Early 19th C. Chamberstick
with Douter

Ca. 1825-1830 heavy brass chamberstick with accompanying witch’s hat douter. Seamed construction with wire-rolled rim and original lifter tab. Mellow oxidized surface, perfect condition. England. 5¾”H.

True Pair of 17th C. Brass Tapersticks

Extremely scarce true pair of brass solid cast 17th C. tapersticks. Where the nozzle diameter of 17th and 18th C. full-sized candlesticks varied roughly from 7/8” to 1¼”, tapersticks took smaller candles that would fit candle cups ranging from 1/2” to 5/8”. In addition to increasing illumination, tapersticks provided the wax that sealed letters and documents. 4¼”H x 4”D. In the current market, authentic tapersticks have become exceptionally rare. Dutch or Flemish. 1650-1700.

Polychrome Delft Candle Lantern

Rare 19th C. Delft candle lantern in underglaze polychrome decoration. Original glass in all three windows. Part of metal door latch missing. No breaks or cracks and very little fritting. Excellent condition overall. 8½” to the roof peak, 4½” square.

Intact 19th C. American Candle Box

19th C. American hanging candle box with hinges, hasp and catch all original. Wire-rolled edges on the lid, convex ends with crimped seams. 10 ½”L. The black paint is quite old, probably the 2nd half of the 19th C., but I don’t think it’s original. I think it was applied when rust spots appeared on the surface of the tinned sheet iron. The edges of the hanger tabs are wire-rolled as well, the punched holes have excellent wear, and unusual oval soldered braces support the angle of the tabs.

Signed 18th C. Box Wax Jack

One of the less common forms of 18th C. wax jack. Most are much more elaborate with spring-loaded jaws and embellished columns. This is a simple box wax jack that probably would have sat on a desk; a canister with a lid mounting the equivalent of a candle socket. The wax snake is contained in the base and pulled up through the candle socket as it burned low. Typically, these provided the wax to seal letters and other documents. For the sake of accuracy there is denting to the loop handle. 3½”H x 3”W.